Who I am, Where I am, and what is this blog?

Hello, My Name is Elder Parker Bone. I am a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I am currently serving a LDS mission in the Ohio Cleveland Mission I will be serving for two years and will be returning home in Summer of 2017.
I will be emailing my adventure in Ohio to friends and family and this blog will contain those emails.

Monday, August 3, 2015

"When ye are in the Service of your Fellow beings you are only in the service of your God"

If the title isn't a Dead give away this week was a fun service week

It started off with last Saturday really, I completely forgot about it (which is Exactly why I'm keeping a journal..)
Anyway last saturday we went to the Koopman's to help them chop down trees that were on their property. The Koopman's are a really nice family and up until that day I hadn't met Mr. Koopman as he works in Alaska on the Oil Pipeline for 3 weeks and then is home for 2 weeks, talk about a commute!
He's not a member but his Wife Sister Koopman is and we help her out a lot.

So we came to their home to do this and a bunch of the others Like Brother Clark, The Ogden Family and the Stake President in our ward showed up with Chainsaws, Brother Clarks is Literally 3 feet long No joke (which we can't use, don't panic mom) and rope and axes to chop them down and split the wood.

We all had a great time and Bro. Koopman who we had been told was not really open to the church was asking questions and seemed curious about what we are about so maybe he might want to learn more once he comes home again.

So that was a quick catchup on last week which leads to this week in a bit

Monday after emails we had Deep Clean Prep day which wasn't that bad (Elder Parris made it sound terrible) then we shared the Book of Mormon with Sis. Dibacco  which is always a good thing for all of us

Tuesday we went to the Babik's House to mow their lawn. The Babiks are family of 6 that live in South Lisbon. The mother has a rare disease that impairs her ability to drive, stand up for long periods of time as well as other things. the way we found them was a miracle in and of itself as we got a referral from a mysterious phone call from Pennsylvania from the Church phone as we were having a District meeting. The lady on the other end is good friends with them and isn't a member but she knows we help people in situations like that.

So we drove down the next day and met them and they said we could come by and mow their lawn so we did. We haven't picked them up as investigators yet but we did leave them with a Book of Mormon and The mom did read some of it :)

Then after doing the Lawn we went to the Clarks for dinner and Brother Clark A) makes some REALLY GOOD SALSA and B) is one of the nicest people I have met. He is the Second Counselor to the Bishopric and he is Such a great guy. 
He owns and Made a company that spans a good chunk of the East called Cleanup which is basically Servpro out here. 
He however will drop everything to help out the "mormones" as he always calls us.

Wensday was pretty bad until we went to Sis. Wallace's House and met Rob and taught him about faith and how he needs to make a "leap of faith" if he wants to really do as God wants him too.

Thursday we went to the Grants to help with some Yard work and talk a little about the gospel before going to Bro. Ogden's house to have dinner and do even more weeding and mowing and Weed whacking ( I think the reason I don't mind it out here is that they just bust out the weed wacker and don't bother with picking them out and ohio has riding mowers all over so we usually use those instead) 

Friday we had a Cottage meeting with the Clark's and the Koopman's which included Brother Koopman which was way cool. (Cottage meetings are basically FHE with more than one Family) 

Saturday was not meant for us, after another project at the Koopman's (this time we stained a MASSIVE wooden playground that was custom made by the previous owners according to Brother Koopman) we went to Sister Wallace's house

For the next Five hours we sat and listened to her and the spirit as she bore her soul to tell us how she felt and why she was struggling so much with staying "by the tree" she is struggling with addiction and depression as we listened we felt prompted continually to share different scriptures and Conference talks, it really was a powerful experience for us all.

This Sunday we saw her at church and she told us, after she had said multiple times yesterday that she hated fast and testimony meeting, that the lord spoke so clearly to her though the testimonies of all that got up.

Monday was kind of a downer for me, It started off great with a District meeting, our last one as 2 of the 2 areas in our 4 area district are getting new companions and 1 is getting Shotgunned (meaning a new set entirely) on the other hand Elder Parris is now the District leader so I get to go on exchanges a lot and see more of the district.

The downer part happened right after the meeting, we got a call from Sis. wallace and we heard that she and Rob got in a fight, Rob had gone with Ester, his wife, to her church and she fed him anti stuff and then he told sister wallace her church is of the devil so she was understandably not to happy with that.

I hope Rob wants to come back someday because he Knows what he felt that Tuesday evening and I hope that he will one day remember that this is the only true and living church.

I love you all and Wish you all to " Stay by the Tree!"

Elder Bone 


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